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Financial Aid

The purpose of student financial aid is to provide assistance to students who, without financial aid, would be unable to attend. There are a variety of different types of aid available. Some of these are grants, loans, scholarships, veteran’s benefits and in house payment plans. For more information on In-house Payment Plans (IPP), or help with determining which aid is right for you, call Leonarda Rinaldi (203) 528-3550.

How to Apply

Applications for Federal Aid Programs are made by completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA – www.fafsa.ed.gov) which collects your families income and asset information. If you have any difficulty in accessing or understanding the FAFSA, you may make an appointment with the FAA at our school to have assistance in filling out the FAFSA.


  • Know your deadlines
  • Use the School Code Search: 042498
  • Verification. We may be asked by the Department of Education for additional, supporting information regarding your FAFSA. We will not be able to process your application without any requested documentation. (Please refer to our Verification Policy)

Types of Loan Programs

Each loan, or federal program, has it’s own unique characteristic. Below is a brief description of each loan’s functionality. We encourage anyone with questions to reach out to Leonarda Rinaldi in our Admissions office at (203) 528-3550.

Direct Subsidized Loan – The Federal Government pays the interest for Direct Subsidized Loans while the student is in college or while the loan is in deferment.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan – Similar to a Direct Subsidized loan, with the difference being that interest begins accruing as soon as the loan is taken out.

Parent PLUS Loan – These are Federal loans that graduate, or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students, can use to help pay education expenses.

Types of Grant Programs

Pell Grant – A Pell Grant is money the government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Eligible students receive a specified amount each year under this program.

Funding Your Future – Code of Conduct

Dolce Academy is a Direct Lending school and does not offer private loans or participate in private or alternative loan programs. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires institutions of higher education participating in the administration of educational loan programs to develop and publish a Code of Conduct. Any Dolce Academy employee who has responsibilities with respect to student educational loans is required to comply with this Code of Conduct.

Our Code of Conduct prohibits us from:

  • Entering into any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender
  • Receiving gifts from a lender, a guarantor, or a loan servicer
  • Contracting arrangement providing financial benefit from any lender or affiliate of a lender
  • Directing borrowers to particular lenders or refusing or delaying loan certifications from lenders
  • Offering of funds for private loans
  • Providing call center or financial aid office staffing assistance
  • Accepting advisory board compensation

*This Code of Conduct pertains to any alternative/private loans